Announcing our first BVNA Congress Fringe Event Programme!

The BVNA fringe is the place for tackling the issues of the day. They may be edgy,  controversial, challenging or all three. Come along to listen and to have your say! 

Veterinary Wound Care Discussion Forum

Date: Friday 12th October 2018

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 14:00-15:30

In 2019, MediVet Products will conduct an international survey of veterinary nurses and technicians to understand the barriers to patient wound management.

Join us for the survey launch at the BVNA Congress Fringe Event. 

During this 90-minute workshop, Kasey Ellinwood, RVT, will guide participants through a lively, interactive discussion about wound care, owner compliance, and clinical experience with Medipaw® products, and similar healing garments.

We’re looking for insights, frustrations, and ideas to improve healing. After all, who knows more about  bandaging and healing issues than veterinary nurses?

Look forward to seeing you there!

Access:  All delegates welcome 

Pre-register - as seating is limited

Veterinary Christian Fellowship 

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 12:00-13:30

For those already involved in the VCF, it is an opportunity to meet up informally and share time together.

For anyone who us interested to know more about who we are and what VCF is, come along to meet up in a relaxed and informal setting,  and ask any questions you might have!

Access: Open to all!

Big Debate: Should we import rescue dogs from abroad?

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 10:00-11:30

Overview: Importation of overseas rescue dogs has gained popularity over recent years due in part to changes to The Pet Travel Scheme in 2014. Veterinary nurses are champions of animal welfare in veterinary practices and are often approached by clients for advice regarding health, behaviour and welfare of their imported rescue dogs.

This session aims to challenge your own thoughts and opinions through professional and insightful debate on this topic.

For a fresh and original take on your normal CPD hours, we will debate this topic initially with our two speakers and then actively encourage the audience to get involved with the debate, ask questions of each other and challenge all our views and ideas.

Aim: By the end of this session, delegates will be better aware of the arguments around the importation of overseas rescue dogs and veterinary issues that may arise.


  • To debate this current, controversial issue and consider practical solutions that can be easily implemented in veterinary practice
  • Prepare veterinary nurses to engage with clients who have or are considering adopting a dog from overseas
  • Ensure best practice to safeguard canine health and welfare
  • To provide a better understanding of clients and their chosen pets
  • To engage veterinary nurses with the Animal Welfare Foundation and see how they can get involved with future educational, research and debate opportunities

Speakers: Dr Carri Westgarth (University of Liverpool), Julian Kupfer (Animal Welfare Foundation Trustee)

Access: All delegates welcome 

BVNA Question Time 

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 14:00-15:00

Ever wanted to know more about being a Regional Representative? Or what it takes to be a BVNA Officer? Or what happens on BVNA Student Council?

Come along and ask the people who know!

Access: All delegates welcome 

Registered District Veterinary Nurse Development Group

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 15:30-17:00

District Veterinary Nursing (DVN) is a new movement which has been attracting a lot of attention over the last few months.  Pioneered by Registered Veterinary Nurse Carla Finzel, 3 years ago, Carla has proven the need for extending comprehensive veterinary nursing care right in the heart of the community and into the patient’s own home.   This role works entirely through veterinary referral and with a close working relationship between owner, their vet and the district veterinary nurse.

Come along and find out more about this role and meet members of the District Veterinary Nurse Development Group.

Access: All delegates welcome 

Debating Dentistry Dilemmas

Date: Sunday 14th October 2018

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 10:00-11:30

Speakers: Gerhard Putter and Donna Buzzeo

During this interactive session, images of commonly encountered dental problems in small animal practice, possible treatment options and discussion in "how to motivate clients and other veterinary colleagues" will be considered.

Access: All delegates welcome

Please watch this space as more event news to follow!